Guided tour of the historic Guildhall (Jan 2017)

, Gresham Street, The City, London 51.515564 -0.09205
Dates & Time:
, 9th Mar, 27th Apr, 25th May, 22nd Jun, 20th Jul, 14th Sep, 12th Oct and only
Tour starts at 10.45 AM, and ends at 12 noon
If you decide to stay for the Common Council afterwards, then that is between 1 PM and 2 PM (approx)
Tickets & Cost:
£7 per person. Places must be booked in advance
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0207 606 3030
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Value for money? Worth a visit? 3 0 3

The medieval Guildhall was originally built during the reigns of Henry IV and V (roughly around the time of Dick Whittington), and its Great Hall is one of the few buildings in the City of London to have survived the Great Fire of London.

This tour will take you into the Great Hall itself (it really is a beautiful room), where a guide will explain the history behind the characters in the statues and paintings. The greatest names from British history are there, from Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington to Sir Winston Churchill. You'll also see the mythical protectors of London, Gog and Magog, staring down from the balcony.

What really this tour interesting, is that it takes place on the same day as the City of London's Common Council meeting. This is the monthly meeting between the Aldermen and Lord Mayor, who will parade in from the back and discuss issues affecting the City. (They only oversee the City of London, the so-called Square Mile, which is inside the old city walls -- Greater London as a whole is run by the Mayor at City Hall.)

If you don't mind waiting around for an hour after the tour has finished, you can sit inside the Great Hall and watch the Common Council for free.

Craig has been to both of these events and he definitely recommends them -- if only to see inside the Great Hall, which is easily one of the most beautiful rooms in London. Read his review of the Guildhall tour before you go, and feel free to ask him some questions. Then read through his review of the Common Council meeting as well. And whilst you're there... it would be a shame not to go and see the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery next door.

If you enjoy this tour then there a couple of other events that you might like to check out. The first one is a guided tour of Mansion House, which is the Lord Mayor's official home (it's that Romanesque looking building opposite the Royal Exchange, with the Corinthian columns out the front). If you thought the Great Hall was a beautiful room, then wait until you see inside this place!

If you enjoyed watching the Common Council meeting then how about watching the Mayor of London at City Hall as well? City Hall is nowhere near as beautiful as the Guildhall, but the discussions they have are far wider-ranging, and have much more effect on Londoner's lives.


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